Yume Japanese Gardens re-opens for Fall/Winter 2021

PRESS RELEASE – Yume Japanese Gardens Reopens for Fall Season 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE           Contact: Patricia Deridder                                                                                              Cell: (520) 303-3945 Email: yume.gardens@gmail.com

2130 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson (south of Grant Rd.)

  “AN OASIS OF TRANQUILITY: YUME JAPANESE GARDENS REOPENS FOR THE FALL SEASON TUCSON, ARIZONA – After our summer hiatus, Yume Japanese Gardens and Museum of Tucson is reopening on Friday, October 1, for a refreshing refuge for Tucsonans seeking harmony, hope and healing in cooler temperatures. The serene gardens at Yume delight the eye, nurture the spirit, and restore hearts frayed by day-to-day distress. They interpret and compress the natural world into beautiful and masterfully cultivated landscapes that heighten a visitor’s awareness of life’s deeper qualities and impart the feeling of walking through a tranquil vision. Safe, calm, and inspiring, Yume’s gardens are back for a much-needed sanctuary. Also this season, Yume will resume its innovative ‘Path to Emotional Healing Program’, based on numerous health studies showing that journaling and regular therapeutic walks in Japanese garden settings lower stress and anxiety and boost hope and emotional resilience. Facilitated by health professionals in Yume’s secure and tranquil environment, the program teaches enrollees to reflect on and interpret their personal stories in a transformative way that leads them from simply surviving life to thriving in it. The program runs all year. “

Visit yumegardens.org for more information or email yume.gardens@gmail.com

“Yume sets capacity limits to safeguard visitors and staff and observes Arizona Department of Health Services guidelines for COVID-19 management. Timed admission tickets purchased online are required for entry; physical distancing and facial coverings are also required, in all indoor and outdoor spaces. #   #   # Yume Japanese Gardens and Museum of Tucson (www.yumegardens.org) is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization, located at 2130 N. Alvernon Way. It features eight examples of classical Japanese landscape design, a replica traditional Japanese cottage, a museum of Japanese art and handicrafts, an art gallery, and gift shop. It also holds seasonal Japanese festivals and classes in Japanese popular arts.”

Wood Turner Lynne Yamaguchi’s wood vessels at upcoming exhibit at Yun Gee Park Gallery

“We look forward to sharing the new season, new exhibition, new artists, and new the looks at the gallery/gardens.

The gallery will start its 2021-22 season on September 24th with the exhibition, Stage(s)(ing), featuring works by Aurore Chabot, Colleen Quigley, and Lynne Yamaguchi. Opening reception 6 to 9 p.m.

Concentric by Lynne Yamaguchi

The exhibition has a dual objective of incorporating elements of ikebana representing varying states of life cycle into the contemporary functional pieces the artists have created, while also exploring the idea of staging and living with art in one’s personal environment.”

Yun Gee Park Gallery is located at 4226 E. 2nd St. (west of Columbus Ave.). Gallery hours are Tues. to Thurs. by appointment, Fri. & Sat. 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Find Lynne Yamaguchi’s beautiful wooden creations at www.lynneyamaguchi.com.

UPDATE: Artist Colleen Quigley is half Japanese American, as is Lynne.

Tucson Origami Club continues to fold origami over the summer, 2021

After the COVID-19 pandemic came to Tucson in March 2020, the Tucson Origami Club briefly stopped meeting for a few months. They resumed folding origami at Dao’s Tai Pan restaurant, 446 N. Wilmot Rd. in June 2020 and have been meeting ever since, but with reduced attendance due to the pandemic.

Their monthly folding sessions for all ages is on the first Saturday of the month, at 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.. Some participants stay for Vietnamese lunch (at their own expense) after the folding instructions and activity. The group was founded several years ago by M. Fumie Craig, a founding member of the SAJCC Council.

Next folding sessions are Saturdays July 3, August 7, September 4, 2021.

In May 2021 they folded origami cats.

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Momoko Okada’s metal art at Untitled Gallery to June 5

Japanese born artist Momoka Okada has several art pieces at a show entitled “Emergence” at Untitled Gallery, 101 W. 6th St., Suite 121 in Tucson, Arizona. She is a “mixed-media surrealist sculptor and metalsmith”.

The gallery is located west of Stone Avenue, and is open Saturdays 12 to 5 p.m.

The exhibit opened on April 3, and will close on June 5, 2021.

Momoko Okada, courtesy of the artist

Artist’s bio:

“I was born and raised on a dairy farm in Hokkaido, Japan. My life on the farm with animals and surrounded by the untouched nature is all philosophically essential to my creation and ambition.

My work is about coexistence and energy between human, nature and animals. Most of us walk through life half asleep and forget to pay attention to our surroundings not only nature but also relationship with others and environment that we are in. I would like my audience to realize the harmonious energy flow between them and my creation, nature, others, and environment, and rethink what they can contribute. It could be a crescent moon in an evening or someone who smiled at you on the sidewalk or bird singing on a tree, realizing that you have wonderful energy to share with and to be part of the life’s rhythm composition. I do not have the power to stop a war or global warming, but instead of fighting to stop something, I believe that contribution of our individual positive energy can create something powerful in which we never imagined. Sharing our energy to create harmony–that is my idea of symbiotic peace. It is my responsibility as an artist to contribute my creations and energy to transform this precious place, just as nature gives and accepts effortlessly.”

Radix table, of recycled steel and wood, courtesy of the artist
Combined art, “Blue organism” on top, courtesy of the artist,

(Raised copper, Woven copper wire, Electroforming, Blown glass, Fused glass and paper)


See Momoko’s art online: https://www.okadamomoko.com/

Enchanted Evenings at Yume Japanese Gardens on May 7 & 8

“Join us for our last evenings of the season when Yume puts on its most beautiful luminous garments.The stroll through the glowing lights of lanterns and candles is absolutely magical.Paul Amiel of Tucson’s Empty Bamboo Shakuhachi Circle will perform evocative music on the harp and on the shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) for an evening to remember.On this occasion, Yume’s “The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tōkaidō” Exhibit will be open to the public.The participation in this event will be scheduled in two 1-hour time slots (6:30pm-7:30pm OR 7:30pm-8:30pm) to guarantee social distancing to our visitors.Advanced ticket reservation is required. This is a limited admission event.Admission Tickets: Adults: $16
Members: $10 Children age 3-15: $5″